The Center for Metal Arts is an education center in downstate New York offering artisans, design professionals and the lay public an opportunity to explore the design potential of working with metal. No prior metals experience is required for many workshops. Master classes are designed to open up new skill levels for practicing artisans. Sign up for CMA News
Enjoy CMA's Visiting Artist Series: Talented artists teach special workshops throughout the year.
Blacksmithing Workshop Schedule
Visiting artists coming soon...
Seth Gould (A Spatula Worth Flipping Over), and Jake James (Collaborative Sculpture.)
Small Metals Workshop Schedule
Visiting artists coming soon...
Alison Antelman (Custom Clasps), Charles Lewton-Brain (Foldforming for Vessels), Dan Neville (Raising), Salt Etching Steel (Ben Dory), Jason York (Chasing and Repoussé), Tom Muir (Hinges & Joints).
Custom Hammers Hand Forged by Patrick Quinn Now Available!
Always forged, never sanded or cast, these hammers represent quality forging that inherently creates a strong tool. Heat treated one at a time to ensure quality. Any style and weight up to 12 lbs.
Foldforming with Charles Lewton-Brain
CLB 2015 WORKSHOP - COMPETITION - AWARDS DINNER- BOOK!
OPEN FOR ENTRIES!
The 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition
Submission deadline June 15, 2015: Fourth annual global competition for foldforming techniques in the metal arts! 4 top prizes and a Jurors' Choice round. Innovation Award also available at jury discretion. Read more and enter...
2015 Foldform Awards Dinner with Charles Lewton-Brain
Open to the public! JUL 24, 2015 at 6PM at the Seligmann Center for the Arts in Sugar Loaf, NY. Catered by local favorite farm-to-table Black Dirt Gourmet. General Admission $25 / Workshop Participants $15
Select your ticket here or watch the video...
CLB 2015 Foldforming Workshop Intensive
Foldforming for Vessels with Charles Lewton-Brain JUL 24-26, 2015
New workshop intensive for CLB 2015! Foldforming for Vessels July 24-25-26:
Step up your skills with foldforming pioneer Charles Lewton-Brain. Learn to apply foldforming techniques to create vessels for art or utility.
This very special class is already filling up.
Foldforming at 30:
Selections from the Inaugural
Lewton-Brain Foldform Competitions
A full color, image-rich art book celebrating winners and Jurors' Choice selections from the 2012 and 2013 competitions with forward by Charles Lewton-Brain and commentary by Hazel Wheaton and Cynthia Eid. Two editions available!
Foldforming LEARNING RESOURCES
Looking for information and resources about foldforming? Read on...
Visiting Artist Series In Blacksmithing
COMING UP: SETH GOULD - JAKE JAMES
The year begins with four special offerings: Mokume-gane with Dan Neville, Blacksmithing for the Sculptor with Fred Crist, A Spatula Worth Flipping Over with Seth Gould, and Collaborative Sculpture with Jake James. And this is only the beginning! Register...
A Spatula Worth Flipping Over with Seth Gould
In Seth Gould's project workshop on May 1-3, A SPATULA WORTH FLIPPING OVER, the making of a spatula teaches forging, refining, and embellishing an object, forging as close to the finished product as possible by separating mass, spreading, drawing out, punching, drifting, and general controlled hand forging. Moving to the bench, this forging can then be refined and embellished using a variety of filing techniques and the introduction to hammer and chisel wire inlay.
Collaborative Sculpture with Jake James
COLLABORATIVE SCULPTURE with Jake James, on May 31-June 6 is a rare opportunity to work with a master in a high energy team approach to sculpture. Jake James is an award winning British born and educated Blacksmith creating functional and sculptural work in forged metal. The week-long collaborative sculpture-building, from design to group execution, explores the plasticity of hot iron and expressive possibilities of heavily forged materials. This class will work together to design and build a large sculptural piece under Jake’s guidance. Participants will work on small forging teams, with each team responsible for separate elements of the sculpture. All teams will then collaborate to bring those elements together and complete the whole piece.
Looking for full details? HERE is the full press release -- and HERE is the blacksmithing workshop schedule.
Two Learning Tracks
at the Center for Metal Arts
The Blacksmithing program is in its 12th year, with a strong series of foundation and master classes for all skill levels. The Center for Metal Arts has also introduced a comprehensive small metals program, with year-round workshops in basic and advanced techniques for jewelers and other fine metalsmiths, featuring regional and internationally recognized metal arts educators. Small Metals Workshop Schedule... Blacksmithing Workshop Schedule...